MacAskill, who does not seem to realise that the reputation of Scottish justice is in tatters.
On 20 August 2009, Scotland's 'Justice Secretary' Kenny MacAskill praised the police and judges who put Al Megrahi in jail.
It is our opinion that the police and judges do not deserve such praise.
We would like to see MacAskill sacked.
MacAskill should have made it clear some time ago that Al Megrahi could be released, without having to drop his appeal.
It has been argued that all the evidence in the Lockerbie trial was faked.
The police allegedly found a fragment of a bomb timer wrapped in a piece of clothing in a Dumfriesshire forest.
Evidence has arisen that the timer could not have survived the explosion.
On 19 February 2006, The Mail on Sunday reported that new forensic tests had been carried out by the lawyers representing Al Megrahi. Defence experts simulated the Lockerbie explosion. The results showed that the device which detonated the bomb could not have survived the explosion.
Evidence has arisen that the timer that was used in the trial was planted.
Ulrich Lumpert, a former employee at the Swiss-based MEBO Ltd, has admitted that he stole from the company a hand manufactured MST-13 Timer PC-Board that was later used as evidence against al-Megrahi.
Lumpert says: "I realized that the MST-13 PC-board, after it was handed over by me without permission was misused for deliberate politically criminal 'action'." - Lockerbie Bombing Trial Faces U-Turn after Perjury Confession
No trace of explosive was found on the timer fragment used in the trial.
The piece of clothing around the timer allegedly had Maltese labels.
According to the BBC ('A convenient scapegoat?'):
"Question marks remain about how this discovery was made several months after the disaster, and also over how the material was handled.
"The original trial heard labels on police evidence bags containing the fragment had been changed."
MacAskill apparently believes that justice was done when Al-Megrahi was found guilty.
Here is what MacAskill said on 20 August 2009:
"Let me be quite clear on matters on which I am certain.
The Scottish police and prosecution service undertook a detailed and comprehensive investigation with the assistance of the US and other authorities.
I pay tribute to them for the exceptional manner in which they operated in dealing with both the aftermath of the atrocity and the complexity of a world-wide investigation.
They are to be commended for their tenacity and skill.
When Mr Al-Megrahi was brought to justice, it was before a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands.
And I pay tribute to our Judges who presided and acted justly."
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Scotland's top legal expert, Robert Black, professor of Law at Edinburgh University, writes that the Dropping of the bomber appeal leaves a black mark on Scotland's legal system
According to Robert Black:
"The Scottish Government has suggested that it does not have sufficient powers to hold a worthwhile inquiry into Lockerbie.
"However, I disagree with it on this.
"I think that there is scope for a review of how well the judicial system performed and to look at whether any lessons need to be learned.
"That certainly is within the scope of the devolved powers of the Scottish Government."
Some comments on MacAskill and Al Megrahi (Reaction: Lockerbie bomber freed):
Tam Dalyell, a former Labour MP who has studied Lockerbie in depth, has consistently claimed Megrahi is innocent.
He said: "Mr MacAskill, the Scottish justice minister, has arrived at the right decision on compassionate grounds.
"I do not accept his endorsement of the guilt of Mr Megrahi, whom I continue to believe had nothing whatsoever to do with the crime of Lockerbie."
Jim Swire's daughter Flora was killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
He believes Megrahi is innocent.
He said he was "delighted" the Libyan had been set free.